Director: Pia Frankenberg
with Lisa Kreuzer, Gabi Herz, Christiane Carstens
Germany 1992, 92', German with english subtitles
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Never Sleep Again + Q&A
To mark the release of a DVD box set with five restored films by Pia Frankenberg, we are showing Nie wieder schlafen (Never Sleep Again) from 1991 in the presence of the director!
In this unique contemporary document, three friends from Hamburg are stranded in newly reunified Berlin after a wedding party. A restless odyssey through the wasteland of a big city caught between an unbroken future and an undead past.
Three girlfriends are invited to a wedding on a riverboat in Berlin. When Rita gets into a fight with her ex-boyfriend, the trio cuts their celebration short and disembarks. Their car is broken, so Rita, Lilian, and Roberta spend the next few days in the newly re-unified city. They roam the streets and bars, explore East Berlin, meet men. They are confronted over and over again with both evidence of German history and very personal avowals … “Maybe a little more ladylike?” With snappy dialogue and an uncertain outcome, Pia Frankenberg’s film is a laconic depiction of the female advantage in the battle of the sexes, a film that is as adventurous as its protagonists. In 1992, Frankenberg said, “I don’t want to tell a story. No total identification with the people on screen. Recognition, sure. A test set-up”. To do that, she depends here on three marvellous actors, who have free rein to develop their characters in front of cinematographer Judith Kaufmann’s camera. At the same time, improvised episodes cast an ironic look at the phenomena of national nostalgia.
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